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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 February 2006, 13:37 GMT
Pakistan 'boast all-round threat'
Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam (right) has overcome a back injury to play on Monday
Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq says Pakistan have a slight advantage over India for the one-day series because of the quality of their all-rounders.

"Both the teams will start with an even chance," he told Press Trust of India.

"However, Pakistan enjoys the edge because of possessing more effective utility players in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved.

"The foursome are the most devastating and multi-dimensional players in world cricket today."

Inzamam has recovered from a back injury to return to the side for the first of five one-day internationals, a sold-out game in Peshawar.

Sehwag is a player any opposition would like to see back in the dressing room as early as possible and I am no different
Inzamam-ul-Haq

The batsman warned that early moisture could play a part in the three games not being played under floodlights.

But he still expects a high-scoring series, saying: "I believe no score is safe nowadays because of the laws and the improvisations that have taken place over the years.

"But I would consider the job half done if the team batting first scores 300 or more."

Inzamam singled out opener Virender Sehwag as India's most dangerous player.

"Sehwag is a player any opposition would like to see back in the dressing room as early as possible and I am no different," he added.

"He has this natural ability to destroy any bowling attack.

"And his presence in the centre not only keeps the scoreboard moving but also unsettles the game plans of the captains and bowlers."


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